Shirin Alam-Houli’s Home in Maku Under Severe Control and Pressure by Security Forces

 

May 14, 2010

HRANA – Since yesterday, security forces in Maku have taken control over Shirin Alam-Houli’s home by stationing on the hill facing the house as well as on the street where the house is located and raiding the home for inspection every few hours. 

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Iran: 23 executions in two days

HRANA News Agency – Seven men were executed in Shiraz on Thursday, November 8, 2012, five of them publicly. 16 executions in different cities of Iran, the day before.

According to the reports by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Iranian regime hanged 23 men within two days. Seven men were executed in Shiraz on Thursday, November 8, 2012, five of them publicly. 16 executions in different cities of Iran, the day before: 10 men were executed in Evin prison, four men publicly in Shiraz and one in Kerman and one in Mashhad.

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HRW Calls For Release Of Jailed Iranian Teachers

HRANA News Agency – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Iranian authorities to immediately free seven jailed teachers and to end the harassment of dozens of others.

(Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately free seven teachers who are behind bars solely for speaking out against the government. Iran should also end harassment of dozens of others teachers who are facing charges or who have already served time in prison on national-security-related charges. Human Rights Watch issued the call on World Teachers Day as part of a joint campaign initiated by Iranian and other international rights groups to highlight the plight of teachers who criticize the government.

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Total of 30 Years in Prison for Baha’i University Officials

HRANA News Agency – Seven professors and officials involved in Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) have been sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison.BIHE is a provisional online university established for Baha’i citizens who have been denied the opportunity to study at Iran’s higher education institutes.

According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, during the last couple of days, Judge Moqayaseh presiding over the 28th branch of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced seven Baha’i citizens to a total of 30 years in prison.The defendants were present in the courtroom when the verdicts were read.Defense attorneys objected to the rulings and filed appeals on behalf of their clients.The verdicts are as follows:

 

  • Kamran Mortezahi – 5 years imprisonment
  • Vahid Mahmodi – 5 years imprisonment
  • Riaz Sobhani – 4 years imprisonment
  • Mahmoud Badavam – 4 years imprisonment
  • Ramin Zibaie – 4 years imprisonment
  • Farhad Sedghi – 4 years imprisonment
  • Noshin Khadam – 4 years imprisonment


Citing Article 499 of the Islamic Penal Code, Judge Moqayaseh sentenced seven Baha’i professors and university officials for being involved in an illegal group with the intention to commit crimes against Iran’s national security.These seven individuals together with nearly 300,000 other citizens throughout the country are members of Iran’s Baha’i Community outlawed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

On May 22, 2011, Iranian security forces raided the houses of more than 40 Baha’i professors, students and university officials and arrested six of the aforementioned individuals.Riaz Sobhani was arrested separately on June 13, 2011.During the last few months, more than 20 Baha’i citizens connected to the online university have been detained, and nearly 50 individuals have been summoned to the Intelligence Agency.Furthermore, several buildings including a laboratory have been sealed, and the university’s website has been filtered and blocked multiple times.

Last week, all of the defendants with the exception of Noshin Khadam were transferred to Rajai-Shahr Prison.On October 15, 2011, Noshin Khadam was transferred to the women’s ward in Evin Prison.

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Tense Security Environment in Azerbaijan

HRANA News Agency – On the eve of the fifth anniversary of protests in Azerbaijan Province, a large number of cities in this region are witnessing the presence of security forces in the streets and main squares.

 

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), tense security environment clearly hangs over the cities of Tabriz, Ahar, Marand and Maragheh.  Eyewitnesses have reported the presence of special units and military and security forces throughout the region including town squares, streets and universities.

 

Prior to May 22, 2011 which coincides with the fifth anniversary of protests in Azerbaijan Province, law enforcement and security agents have systematically begun to arrest political and civil activists in Azerbaijan.

 

Last year, eleven activists were arrested during the same time, and each one of them was sentenced to five years in prison.  Two well-known political activists, Alireza Farshi and Sima Didar, were amongst the detainees who are currently serving their prison terms.

 

Additionally, amongst tens of activists who have been arrested and summoned to court are Ibrahim Nuri, Siamak Koshi, Saeid Naimi, Ayoub Shiri, Sima and Mehdi Derakhshan, Akbar Azad, Sima Didar, Alireza Farshi, Hadi Hamidi Shafiq.

 

As the fifth anniversary of protests in Azerbaijan approaches, security forces have attempted to confiscate satellite dishes in some of the cities.  Since this morning, access to Internet has also been interrupted.   Eye witnesses have reported to HRANA that isolated clashes in streets surrounding the University of Tabriz have occurred, and a few citizens have been arrested in the city of Tabriz.

 

Furthermore, according to an eyewitness, heavy presence of law enforcement agents are such that there are four policemen stationed in every 100 meters.  As this report was being prepared, people continue to gather in the streets.

 

Beginning on May 22, 2006, for a period of one week, various cities in Azerbaijan witnessed widespread protests and clashes in response to a newspaper article that had published an insult to Azeri citizens.  Tens of people were arrested or killed during these demonstrations.

 

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Pictures of demonstrations in Tehran on February 14

HRANA News Agency-Pictures of demonstrations in Tehran on February 14, 2011, which turned bloody following clashes with armed security forces. Pictures are taken by HRA reporters in Tehran.

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Security Atmosphere in Tehran Bazaar as Strike Spreads to Tabriz Bazaar

HRANA- Reports describe an atmosphere of high security in Tehran’s Bazaar today as the strike spread to Tabriz’s Grand Bazaar.

In Tabriz, Bazaar Amir, the Jewelry Bazaar, Amir Kabir Bazaar, and Bazaar Noor are all on strike. Although the strike started in the preceding days within only certain sectors of the Bazaar it has now spread to include almost every store and business. The strike in Tehran’s Bazaar continues under a heavy security atmosphere. Additionally, there are unconfirmed reports that strikes have begun in Isfahan’s Bazaar.

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Report from Congressional Briefing “Iran: One Year After Elections”

HRANA- A Congressional briefing was held on June 6, 2010 discussing the human rights situation in Iran one year after post election protests began  sponsored by the Democracy Council.  Shaheen Sariri representing Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) addressed this briefing. 

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